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Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities. 

Trained volunteer judges evaluate the achievements of the entire community; municipality, businesses, institutions and residents including volunteer effort. Brandon will receive and overall bloom rating based on the score we receive on the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.  Community involvement is also integrated in all aspects of the evaluation.  Throughout the year, City of Brandon will collect information that is relevant to the 6 categories and put them into a book that showcases these improvements.  City of Brandon's 2017 Profile Book can be found here:  2017 Profile Book

This year, Brandon is proud to have Marylaine de Chantal and Larry Hall as judges for 2017!  Marylaine and Larry will be in Brandon from July 17th-19th to look at various locations, city departments, local businesses and resturants throughout Brandon.  They will also have the chance to meet some Brandon community and volunteer groups!

 

Marylaine de Chantal  has worked at the Quebec Institute for Ornamental Horticulture Development (IQDHO) since 1996. For the past 21 years, she has been an advisor, R & D specialist and now a project coordinator.  Since 2004 and still today, she coordinates IQDHI advisor team in the realization of projects and special mandates while participating actively in several of them.  Mary is from Sainte-Angèle-de-Monnoir, Quebec.

Larry Hall was an elementary school teacher until 1999.  Before and during his retirement, Larry volunteers in many different areas within Buena Vista, SK including coaching girls volleyball, provincial speed skating, and being involved with the local United Church.  He is also president of the Last Mountain Lake Culture Centre. This building contains two galleries, the municipal library, and artist studios. He was also Mayor for 9 years and now, both he and his wife are provincial judges.

What You Can Do

To help Brandon's overall bloom rating, here are a couple of ways you can enhance our city:

Tidy UpPull weeds, sweep your sidewalk, and pick up litter are a few ways to keep your neighourbood neat and tidy.

Get Creative Design your flowerbeds and planters with a unique color scheme or design. No project is too small!

Respect our Environment: Any and all effort towards protecting and conserving the environment will help impress the judges!  Use the provided trash and recycling cans throughout public greenspaces.

Join the CommunityJudges look for public involvement in the beautification and betterment of our community. Horticulture clubs, sports and recreation clubs, service groups, municipal staff, and local business involvement all score points.  Go to http://www.brandon.ca/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities for more details!

Celebrate our HeritageBrandon hosts several events throughout the year. Check out our www.brandon.ca to know about all the programs and events going on!

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